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we'll look at the company making the $10 billion investment. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm max foster in london. this is "cnn newsroom." late night developments in the white house suggested a dramatic new round of infighting within president trump's inner circle. the incoming white house communications director anthony scaramucci got on to twitter to say in light of the leak of my financial disclosure info, which is a felony, he will be contacting fbi and the justice departme department. ryan lizza spoke with don lemon about scaramucci's tweet. >> i did talk to a senior white house official today before that tweet was posted. and this is what anthony scaramucci believes, that i'm told that he wants the fbi to
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look into reince priebus, whether there is anything illegal that reince priebus did with respect to leaks of financial disclosure information. so i'm sort of flabbergasted at this whole thing, don. i've never seen a white house where someone even privately calls the fbi on someone. but then to actually tweet about it is sort of astonishing. and remember, last week he's -- anthony scaramucci was talking about how he and reince were going to get along just well. a lot of reporters who are known about this relationship were laughing about that because they had just been so at odds for the last six months. >> scaramucci countered wrong tweet was public notice to leakers that all senior administration officials are hoping to end illegal leaks. that's tracks what scaramucci said in an earlier interview about white house leaks.
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>> it will be virtually impossible to get rid of every leak, but i think we can take dramatic steps to get rid of leaks. now one of the big problems here that i'm discovering in the coms team that senior people are the guys doing the leaking, and they ask junior people to leak for them. >> joining me is the assistant head of the u.s. and americas program chatham house here in london. thanks for joining us. what did you make of that, that we saw last night? the fact that he deleted it seems to suggest that the narrative might have been right. >> the financial disclosure forms are access to believe the public. that's why they're disclosure forms. they're intended to give the public transparency about what senior officials hold financially. not specifically, but in broad terms so people can have an idea of that their public servants aren't engaged in corruption. my guess that scaramucci didn't immediately understand what had been leaked and he tweeted something and realize head had
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tweeted something and sort of got rid of the tweet. but this is all sort of inside baseball within the white house. and i would defer to the people reporting on it from the ground. >> but it does play into this idea that there is a big split in the white house. and if he is just coming in and feeling it, then it does show that it's potentially much bigger concern that we'd realized? >> sure. and the narrative around leaks has been sort of swirling around this white house since the very beginning. it's always been an institution, the trump white house, where people are willing to talk to reporters, where even sort of negative and damaging stories are sourced from five or six or in one case in "the washington post," 30 anonymous sources. so there is a huge amount of communication going on in sort of internal positioning that is surprisingly public. >> when donald trump says there is no breakdown in the white house, perhaps he is right as well, because he has had this history, hasn't he, of bringing
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people together who vie against each other. and he perhaps thinks in business that works better. so divide and rule effectively. this might be an intentional culture he is creating in the white house. >> i think it's fair to say it's intentional culture. it aligns what he did in the private sector where he would have people create their individual fiefdoms and compete to see which obe the most successful. >> it is a management technique. >> it is a technique. you have seen companies do it in the past. the problem is when part of the story or part of the technique is going to the press and kind of diminishing your rivals, that makes it more difficult for those rivals to do their jobs, and those jobs are in the public trust. >> and the other issue within the circle there is with session, isn't it? the way that donald trump is undermining him in public when he is meant to be part of his team. but that is creating real tension in wider washington.
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just explain to us where we are with that. >> well, that one is very strangs. because sessions is a number of things. first of all he was trump's first senatorial endorser. he was one of the people who spoke up for trump the most in the hardest and lowest moments of his campaign. so it's surprising that after six months in office, trump is being to publicly and repeatedly attack jeff sessions. and that sends a message to congressional republicans, many of whom don't have the same kind of sort innate loyalty to the trump administration that this isn't something that they can expect. that the loyalty is expected to move upwards, but isn't necessarily reciprocated. and you've seen that in the public statements from republican senators for whom jeff sessions is a former colleague, basically defending him and saying trump is the in the wrong criticizer. >> he is creating an alternative camp himself because people are siding with sessions. and that's becoming a problem for him because they're going to stand up for sessions because
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they're standing up for one of their guys. >> it's very difficult to see how this advances trump's agenda. i don't understand it from a sort of strategic standpoint. if he wants to get rid of sessions, there are a variety of ways. he could have a private conversation. he has the legal authority to fire the attorney general that would create all kinds of complications, obviously. but doing it in a straight forward way would allow the standard mechanisms of washington norms to work. and what he is doing is not allowing any of that. and it's creating huge resistance. >> in reality, doesn't actually fire that many people, does he? he doesn't like to fire people. >> he generally prefers to fire people using an intermediary. it's what he did with james comey. it's what he did with sally yates, other people he has fired in the course of his administration. yeah, i think the sort of catchphrase from "the apprentice" is -- it was a marketing creation. it doesn't necessarily adhere to how he acts in reality. >> jacob, as ever, thank you very much indeed. earlier in the day president
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trump's snap announcement banning all transgendered service in the military raised a lot of questions. but the white house had few answers on that. barbara starr has reaction from that on capitol hill. >> reporter: president trump making military policy via twitter. t today suddenly announcing the united states government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the u.s. military. sparking instant criticism from democrats and republicans. >> i believe that is an awful decision. i served in active duty in the military. and i can tell you we dent care about gender orientation or identity or who you love. >> reporter: senator john mccain, chairman of the senate armed services committee also saying there is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military regardless of their gender identity. but some lawmakers agree with
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the decision, citing trump's reasoning that the military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. >> we need to spend every defense dollar where we need to. and this has been a real concern. >> reporter: a 2016 ram study concluded gender transition and health care coverage for transgender military members would increase the defense department's health care cost by as much as $8.4 million, a tiny fraction of the pentagon's overall $49.3 billion health care expenditures. >> this isn't just about health care. this according to donald trump's tweets is about not allowing transgendered people to serve at all. >> reporter: that same study put the number of transgendered service members at between 13 and 6600. two unanswered questions. under president trump's ban, will those already serving be
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forced out? and what about defense secretary james mattis, who just last month ordered a six-month delay so dod could study the issue further? the pentagon will not say if mattis agreed with this sudden trump announcement. >> the decision is based on a military decision. it's not meant to be anything more than that. >> congress may not be done weighing in on this entire issue. just recently, the house defeated a measure that would have banned the pentagon from paying health care costs for transgendered persons. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> well we spoke to two transgendered members of the military, navy lieutenant commander blake drummond. he joined in 2006 and transitioned in 2013 whilst on active duty, and spoke with jake tapper. >> i was definitely shocked and upset. as transgendered service member, i'm doing my job and continuing
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to serve with honor and dignity. and this -- this was definitely something that has taken me aback for at least for the foreseeable future. >> have you heard from your superiors? are you worried about being separated from the military against your will? >> i am absolutely worried about being separated. i've already talked to my superior, and they're just as shocked as i am. they wanted me to know that they completely support me and support the work that i do as far as within the military. and that they'll continue to do so until the military tells me it's time to hang up my boots. >> a study directed by the defense department found that the military would spend less than a quarter percent on readiness and health care for transgendered military members. the president disagrees saying they are a disruption. has the military ever had to make a special accommodation for
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you? did the military pay for your surgery? >> i prefer not to talk about my surgeries, but yeah. we provide -- we provide medical care for service members that need medical care. and that's the premise. being transgender is a medical issue that can be treated. and that's what we've done. so no different than anybody that needs a knee surgery or a shoulder surgery or is pregnant. if a medical issue comes up and you're already actively serving, we treat it and we go back to serving, just like anybody else. >> well, kristin beck was a member of the late navy s.e.a.l. team. she later came out about being transgendered. she spoke with anderson cooper. >> i don't think anyone knows what's going to happen. you see as they keep talking, all the heads of staff or every branch in the military are totally blindsided.
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this is unusual for such a major policy shift. >> what is -- what is the impact do you think for those service members who are transgendered who are serving and have been serving honorably? >> just like you said, they've been serving honorably. they've been in war zones, back and forth a few times, some of them. they're my friends. those are people who served on the front lines of american freedom and liberty. and now they're going to be told that they're going to be rejected and unworthy to serve? it's a huge slap in the face, and they have contracts. so there is going to be a lot of repercussions you. think it's expensive to pay for a few things for these individuals? this is going to get really expensive, really fast. >> the president's tweet today read in part that the military, quote, cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. what do you think taking transgendered members out of the service actually look like? talk about disruption, to use the president's word. >> you used the act word. it's disruption. have i one particular friend who is in the army.
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and she speaks farce circumstances arabic and about five other languages. and she has been to a war zone several times. back and forth, she is immensely capable. how are you going to replace that person? all that experience and language skills? i can give you dozens and dozens of counts of people with that kind of experience. if you had me right now serving in a military you can't replace a senior chief. you can't replace all that experience. that's a very difficult replacement. so you're talking about some huge disruptions. >> meanwhile, president trump is singling out a member of his own republican party for voting against a procedural motion on the bill to repeal and replace obamacare. in a tweet, mr. trump wrote senator lisa murkowski of the great state of alaska really let the republicans and our country down yesterday. too bad. she was quick to react to his tweet. >> my vote yesterday was from my heart for the people that i represent. and i'm going to continue
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working hard for alaskans and just focus on that. >> what do you think when you see a tweet like that from the president? >> in fairness, i'm not one who follows the tweets that handily. i know that many are. but i have to focus on my job. i've got to focus on what i came here to do. >> well, murkowski's no vote highlights the problems that republicans are having to win enough votes to repeal and replace obamacare. donald trump is gaining credit for an asian manufacturing plant to build a new plant in the u.s. and create thousands of new jobs. foxconn is best known for making electronics such as iphones for apple. it says it will invest $10 billion in the facility to be based in wisconsin. the u.s. president praised the foresight of the taiwan company's ceo. >> to make such an incredible investment, chairman go put his faith and confidence in the
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future of the american economy. in other words, if i didn't get elected, he definitely would not be spending $10 billion. >> matt rivers is in beijing with more for us. i mean, how is that being seen there? is this a vote in favor of donald trump effectively? >> well, i think it's -- has a lot to do with the fact that there were billions of tax dollars, billions of dollars in tax incentives that were given to foxconn by the state of wisconsin. i think that a company like foxconn is not going to just open up a plant just anywhere because it has a good relationship with the leader. but the fact of the matter is that they are committing to spend billions of dollars in an area of the country that was hit very hard by a loss of manufacturing jobs over the last several decades. it's the kind of thing that donald trump campaigned on,
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although there is some controversy, max, in the sense that we're not sure exactly how many jobs this is in fact going to produce. on the one hand, you've got the governor of the state of wisconsin, scott walker saying it will produce 13,000 jobs. foxconn itself is saying that it will only create 3,000 jobs initially with the potential to create another 10,000 more. exactly what kind of economic boon this is going to be to the state of wisconsin we're not sure yet. but the fact is that if foxconn puts its money where its mouth is, it could create jobs in a part of america that could use the work. >> matt, perhaps this is in response to criticism. if apple, for example, using a chinese company to build iphones, and a response to that. but actually is still going to be many mori phones and apple products built in china. so it's not necessarily going to change what's happening here in the bigger picture. >> yeah, i mean, that's true. the fact is that this new plant
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that's said to be built in wisconsin is going to be making lcd panel, and that iphones will continue to be made more than likely here in japan and in southern china. foxconn is a taiwan-based company, not a chinese-based company. but their scrutiny over the past several years have come from their operations in china. in southern china they have been highly criticized for their work practices, accusations over overworking people and underpaying them at the same time. of course, the plant that they set up in the united states will be under u.s. labor laws that are much stricter than those in china. but it doesn't appear at this point that foxconn is saying we're going to take away business from our factories in china and give to it the u.s. as a result. >> okay, matt. thank you very much indeed. now paparazzi got too close to justin bieber, ended up in hospital. this video shows the moment beverly hills police say the singer struck a man with his truck whilst leaving an event. they say the paparazzi has minor injuries.
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authorities also say no other celebrities were involved in the incident. the singer stayed at the scene during their investigation and left without getting a ticket. now still ahead, the u.s. congress is set to approve new sanctions against moscow over election meddling. we'll have a live report to get the reaction next. we work directly with more than a hundred family farms. so instead of spending on costly middlemen and supermarkets, we can invest in the things that matter most: making farmland healthier. cutting down on food waste. and bringing you higher quality, fresher ingredients for less than you pay at the store. because food is better when you start from scratch. get $30 off at
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the ohio state fair says it will inspect all its rides, and they will remain closed until they were deemed safe after one person was killed when the fireball ride malfunctioned on wednesday. seven people were also injured in the accident. three are in critical condition. witnesses say the ride, which swings people above the ground broke apart, sending riders into the air. >> the ride, it goes really, really fast. and it goes in circles and it rocks right to left. and i heard a girl scream help, and i seen someone fly out. and then i seen it splat to the ground.
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>> the whole car broke off. two people flew out in the air. and as they were getting off the ride, it happened simultaneously. looked over to the right. steen car flying, two people flying out of their seats. it was crazy. >> it looked like i don't know, something i've never seen before. >> ohio's governor is trying to comfort the victims and their families. >> it's kind of hard to imagine that you have family that goes to a state fair and those calls come that there was a terrible accident, a terrible tragedy, and somebody you love was involved. >> officials say there were no red flags when the ride was inspected before the accident. the cause is under investigation. u.s. congress appears set to fast track new sanctions aimed at moscow for meddling in last year's presidential election. house and senate republicans on wednesday night worked out a deal that could put the bill on president trump's desk by the end of the month.
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the legislation also includes sanctions against iran and north korea. it easily passed the u.s. house on tuesday, 419-3. but it also includes language that would prevent the u.s. president from easing or lifting the sanctions without congressional approval. the white house has been pushing back against. mr. trump has nod said will he sign. in finland where vladimir putin arrives soon for talks with the finnish leader. what are they saying from the kremlin side of things, matthew? >> well, in terms of the sanctions, as you can imagine, and the possibility of this new bill being passed, they're reacting to it in their words negatively. that's been the response of the kremlin over the past few days when asked about how they would respond to. this they've also suggested there would be further measures taken or measures taken in response by the russians
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themselves against potential u.s. interests in russia, the expulsion of diplomats and things like that. there has also been a much stronger reaction from the deputy russian foreign minister. he is saying that this measure in united states, if it's passed would be like planting a dangerous mine under the foundations of the relationship between russia and the united states. and so as i say, it's been responded to very negatively here. and of course it's not just the russians that are objecting to this proposed bit of u.s. legislation. the european union have also expressed their concerns because the legislation may target eu companies that are involved in the energy sector in russia. and i think in that sense, it sort of kind of music to the ears of the kremlin. because this is an issue that is potentially putting russia and the european union on the same side in an argument with the united states. and of course driving a wedge between the eu and the united states. it's been a long-standing
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kremlin foreign policy goal. >> and also tell us a bit about this -- sorry, i know it's getting a lot of attention in russia on social media in particular. but these russian pranksters had some success with rick perry, i understand? >> yeah, rick perry, he is the u.s. energy secretary. and a couple of quite notorious russian pranksters. and they make hoax calls to prominent high level officials around the world, and also to celebrities. but usually people whose ideas or whose policies sort of are in conflict with those of the kremlin. so they called rick perry. they pretended to be the ukrainian prime minister, and they spoke to him about energy policy in ukraine. they talked about the possibility of america increasing its coal exports to ukraine. they talked about alternative fuels and using animal manure and using homemade alcohol.
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you know, and that was their whole kind of gag. they've done it before. they did it with elton john back in 2015, i think where they called him and pretended to be president putin and said they wanted to discuss the issue of gay rights in russia with elton john. and so the whole gag is that they pretend to be someone who they're not. and then call this person, have a sort of relatively serious conversation with them. the whole point about making a prank call in their mind is you speak about something inappropriate. but what these guys do, they call up the u.s. energy secretary, pretend to be the prime minister of ukraine and talk about energy policy. and for them, that's the gag. they call up elton john and talk about gay rights in russia. so it's not that funny from that point of view. but how it goes down in russia. >> matthew, thank you. still to come israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is threatening to close down a news organization in jerusalem. the story when we return. the p.
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in the united states and around the world. i'm max foster in london. some late night political intrigue in washington as the incoming white house communications director took to twitter to say in light of the leak of my financial disclosure information, which is a felony, he will be contacting fbi and the justice department. #swamp@reince 45. reince priebus raised questions whether scaramucci wanted priebus investigated. scaramucci said that his tweet was notice to leakers. meanwhile president trump is taking attacks on his attorney general. his shaming of jeff sessions has been going on for days even though he is getting plenty of advice to end the criticism. athena jones has the details. >> make america great again. >> reporter: it's the latest salvo in a one-sided firefight between president trump and one of his earliest supporters. the president taking aim once again at attorney general jeff
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sessions on twitter. writing why didn't ag sessions replace acting fbi director andrew mccabe? a comey friend who was in charge of clinton investigation but got big dollars for his wife's political run from hillary clinton and her representatives. drain the swamp. just a few months ago, trump interviewed mccabe to replace fbi director james comey who trump fired. now the president is slamming sessions for not getting rid of mccabe. the president's latest slight coming while the attorney general was at the white house for what a justice department source says was a routine meeting. sessions did not meet or speak with the president while here. >> i think the president has been very clear about where he is. he is obviously disappointed but also wants the attorney general to continue to focus on the things that the attorney general does. he wants him to lead the departments of justice. he wants him to do that strongly. he wants him to focus on things
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like immigration leaks and a number of other issues. >> reporter: he was later spotted leaving the white house grounds. but sessions has told colleagues he has no plans to leave the administration, despite the slings and arrows coming from the president. >> he should not have recused himself. >> reporter: who said during tuesday's press conference he was disappointed in sessions. >> look, you can be disappointed in someone but dill stihl want them to continue to do their job. >> reporter: trump's steady stream of insults sparking a backlash among sessions supporters on capitol hill. south carolina senator lindsey graham telling cnn's manu raju -- >> i would fire somebody that i did not believe could serve me well rather than trying to humiliate them in public, which is a sign of weakness. >> reporter: alabama republican richard shelby adding -- >> he deserves better than this. he is not the president's personal lawyer. he is the attorney general of the united states. he took an oath to the constitution, not to the
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president. >> reporter: the message from hill republicans to trump, firing sessions would be a mistake. and could hurt the president's ability to carry out his agenda. this as the president's incoming communications director argues -- >> i would recommend to every cabinet secretary and every teammate that i have here in the west wing, have a tough skin. >> that was athena jones reporting for us there. we have new information about tensions between israel and palestinians in jerusalem. let's go to ian lee. he joins us now ufrom jerusalem. what can you tell us, ian? >> late last night and into this morning we're hearing from israeli police that all the additional security measures that were taken after the attack on july 14th that killed two israeli police officers, all the security measures since then have been removed from the area in and around the temple mount, also known as the noble sanctuary. i asked the police if this means that the situation is the same as it was before the attack.
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they said yes. and that is crucial, max. because yesterday when i was speaking to palestinian leaders, they said that their demand is that security situation go back to the way it was before the attack. so it looks like the israelis have done that now we're waiting from palestinian president mahmoud abbas to see if they're going to accept this new measures and accept this situation. frankly, max, if they do, then this current crisis could be over. but there is also the street, which we have to keep an eye on to see if the street, the people who have gone out to protest, if they will accept these new measures, max. >> meanwhile, another row is blowing up, isn't it? it's the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu starting to close al jazeera there in jerusalem, which plays into a much wider sort of issue there in the middle east. >> yeah. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has gone after al
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jazeera before, haslam baased them. but the network has remained here in the country, in jerusalem arming in the west bank and gaza. they have not been kicked out. there is quite a process to go through if al jazeera was going to be removed from the country. it isn't like egypt or saudi arabia where a decree comes down and the network is kicked out. is there are legal proceedings. they would go to the high court likely. also, al jazeera employees what from what we're hearing up to 100 israelis and their labor laws that would be affected by this as well. so it's not something that can be easily done if this were to go forward, it would likely take some time before the network would be kicked out. so again, not like egypt. not like saudi arabia where they're gone one days. this could be a long-term thing, max. >> okay, ian lee, thanks for the updates. we're going to turn now to the korean peninsula with both sides
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of the 38th parallel marking the armistice that halted the korean war 64 years ago now. north koreans celebrate the occasion as victory day and put on a large display of military might. a short time ago south korea said its offer for military talks remains in effect, even if the north does not respond by the end of thursday. there is concern pyongyang is preparing for another missile test. south korea also has ceremonies planned for the armistice aef s anniversary. will ripley joins us from there. take us through it, will. >> this really is a day of mixed emotions on the korean peninsula. the armistice day in 1963 did end the fighting of the korean war which took hundreds of thousands of lives on all sides of the conflict. but it also is another reminder of the division, divided families here in the south that can't see their relatives in the north. so it's a painful day. and it's at a time when tensions
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once again as we've seen over the decades have really ratcheted up. the rhetoric from the cia director in the united states, mike pompeo talking about the united states, hoping for regime change, hoping to force kim jong un from power in north korea has only really escalated the situation at a time that the president in south carolina moon jae-in has been hoping for diplomacy. he extended an olive branch to north koreans, using today as the deadline ofor the north to respond to the south's offer for peace talks. there has been silence thus far. they haven't engaged. well did speak with a spokesperson from the south korean government who says the offer for peace talks extends indefinitely. i want to set the scene where we are now right. no we're lows close to the demilitarized line. across the river there, these are south korean military outposts. that's north korea on the other side. there are military outposts where they are watching us just like the south korean soldiers on this side are watching them.
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and it's a surreal place, max, because you can't hear it because i'm speaking over the microphone. but there are loudspeakers on the north side and the south side that have been blasting propaganda back and forth over this river all day. the south broadcasting news bulletin, music. the north revolutionary messages. this is the reality of life in this peninsula that was once one country, but now for more than 60 years has been divided. very harshly divided. there has been so much sadness and so much tension that has result over the decades. so that is what is being marked today. and of course the military situation. analysts in the, you know, now believe north korea could be less than a year away. early 2018 kim jong un will have in his arsenal a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry one of his many warheads to the united states there certainly is a clear and present security danger along with all the emotions surrounding this time here. >> will there on the border.
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thank you very much indeed for bringing us that. ahead on cnn, plans to change u.s. international aid policy could impact family planning in malawi and could even cost women their lives. we'll have the details from there next. we work directly with more than a hundred family farms. so instead of spending on costly middlemen and supermarkets, we can invest in the things that matter most: making farmland healthier. cutting down on food waste. and bringing you higher quality, fresher ingredients for less than you pay at the store. because food is better when you start from scratch. get $30 off at
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welcome back. dramatic new images have emerged showing the mission to rescue hikers stranded by flash flooding in arizona. you're looking at the moment at a 4-year-old boy was airlifted to safety earlier this week. he was one of 17 people cut off by floodwaters over the weekend. everyone has now been rescued. a witness says the power of the water was indescribable. now malawi has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world. thousands of women die every year from illegal abortions. that could get a lot worse as well as u.s. president donald trump and the republican controlled congress look to cut funding for groups which advise on family planning. cnn's david mckenzie joins us from johannesburg, south africa with more. david? >> well, that's right, max. this is an underreported possible impact of the trump presidency and the republican-controlled congress
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and their moves to drastically cut family planning and other global health funding, which traditionally the u.s. has been a leader of. and it is a global impact. but it really has an outside effect, potentially in countries like malawi, where it could be a matter of life and death. >> reporter: with secret herbs, he starts the bleeding. he says the women are desperate when they come. >> does he worry for their safety? >> translator: i usually don't worry because my medicine is pote potent. when i administer it, the abortion will come. >> reporter: we can't reveal this traditional healer except to save a mother's life, all abortions in malawi are illegal, and it's taboo. he says he hides the women here where they lose their fetus, usually alone, often with massive complications. >> translator: in a poor country
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like malawi, u.s. family planning funding is the major defense against this horror. president trump wants to cut that assistance globally to zero. >> translator: i fell pregnant because family planning methods were not available in malawi then. >> reporter: familiar ra says the family planning now offered in malawi could have chained her life. a single date is seared in her mind, april 5th, 2005. >> translator: it was a very, very horrible experience. i started bleeding heavily. i couldn't walk. they fetched me in an objection cart to take to a hospital. and when i was at the hospital, they remove mid uterus. up to this time i can't bear children. >> they're giving a death sentence to women in these part of the world. >> reporter: this man says u.s. funding is helping them turn the corner on women's health in malawi. but now the republican-controlled congress is moving to cut nearly a
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quarter of family planning funding. >> women's lives and womens a lives, they don't know the issues are in washington. all they want is a service. and if the service is not available, they are the ones that are suffering. >> reporter: operates between 10 and 15 abortion cases a day. globally, the cuts could cause an increase of more than half a million abortions. like flora, so many more women in malawi could live through hell. >> well, certainly, max, the impact could be extreme. if you look at the numbers based on the kaiser family foundation, a global health group, you could have between 6.2 and 23 million fewer couples receiving contraception. you could have a huge amount more unintended pregnancies, and significantly, a big spike in abortions globally, and more
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women dying because of complications. now the numbers aren't finalized because the budget is still in debate. the house wants to cut family planning significantly, not as much as the trump administration wanted to do it. but there is hope that the senate could bring a more robust funding to those plans. but it's still up for negotiation. and one senior aid official tells me it's a real departure for the u.s. and showing a lack of leadership. max? >> is this a problem across africa of charities and organizations generally struggling to make plans because they don't know what sort of money they're going to be getting from the biggest donor in this area? >> you raise a crucial point. even before the funding has been finalized and the new budget put through, you have charities, ngos, not knowing what money they're going get. and certainly speaking to these groups that provide life-saving
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help to people across africa, and i'm sure in other parts of the world. because of that uncertainty, they have to kind of go on what the trump administration had initially said and have to curtail their plans, shorten their timelines and they could have very, very real impact on these programs. the u.s. has been a leader in global health across the world. and it certainly appears this could threaten the leadership. >> david mckenzie in johannesburg, thank you for that context. we'll be back with more news in just a minute.
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hollywood star angelina jolie is talking about her divorce from brad pitt in an interview with vani"vanity fair magazine. the actress said the relationship got bad and difficult. she didn't spell out details, but she and pitt still do care for each other and their family as well. jolie also revealed she was diagnosed with bells palsy last year. the condition causes paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. she says acupuncture helped her recover completely. the new public face of the white house has been this the job just a few days, but he appears to be studying his boss very closely.
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in fact, white house communications director anthony scaramucci, also known as the mooch seems so enamored by donald trump he is even mimicking his lines. jeanne moos has more. >> reporter: anthony scaramucci won't have to scrounge for a nickname. >> the mooch! >> the mooch. >> the mooch, eh! >> reporter: stephen colbert said it 13 times. >> the mooch. >> the mooch. >> in a nine-minute segment about the new white house communications director. >> the mooch is ready to smooch. >> reporter: smooch the president's behind. >> i love the president. >> i love the president. i love the guy. >> i love the president. >> reporter: let us count the ways. >> the way i know him and the way i love him. >> reporter: but scaramucci isn't saving all of his love for the president. he's got love left over. for sean spicer. >> and i love the guy. >> reporter: for other white house staffers. >> i love the hair and makeup person that we had. >> reporter: tweeted one critic, is there anyone anywhere or anything you do not love? next thing you know he'll say he
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loves the fandango. ♪ got to mooch, got to mooch, will you do the fandango ♪ >> reporter: actually, scaramouch is a clown character in the italian theater, and the fandango is a spanish dance not yet danced at the white house. scaramucci may not be a bohemian, but he rhapsodizes about love. >> i love the president. >> reporter: he even uses the same line as the president. >> we're going win so much. >> we're going to win so much. >> we're actually going to get tired of winning. >> you're going to get tired of winning. >> we're going to win so much. >> you're going to get so sick and tired of winning. >> reporter: and they don't just talk the same. the mooch himself retweeted this bit from the daily show. even when he merely likes someone, his feelings grow as he speaks. >> i like the team -- let me rephrase that elove the team. >> reporter: anthony scaramucci is the barry white of the white house. ♪ can't get enough of your love, babe ♪
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>> reporter: right down to blowing the press a kiss. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> and we love jeanne. i'm max foster in london. back in a moment. from the you never know when something like this will happen. so let the geico insurance agency help you with homeowners insurance and protect yourself from things like fire, theft, or in this case, water damage. cannonball! now if i had to guess, i'd say somewhere upstairs there's a broken pipe. let the geico insurance agency help you with homeowners insurance. call today to see how much you could save.
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